Jacob Templeton

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“Do today what others won't, so you can do tomorrow, what others can't.”

USC Spartans
Nathan Doyle

Jacob Templeton


When Templeton was selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, he became the first Tasmanian swimmer to qualify for the Games in more than a decade. Prior to his Paralympic debut, Templeton competed at the 2014 para pan pacs – where he won a silver medal in the Men’s 100m Butterfly and a bronze in the 200m individual medley – and made the 2015 world para team that travelled to Glasgow. Most recently at the 2018 para pan pacs, he claimed five medals in what was a dominant display of racing. Templeton trains under Nathan Doyle at the USC Spartans in Queensland.

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Rio, Brazil 2016

  • Placed 6th in the Men’s 400m Freestyle (S13)
  • Placed 8th in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley (SM13)

World Para Championships 
Glasgow, Scotland 2015

  • Member of the team

Para Pan Pacific Championships 
Pasadena, United States 2014

  • Won silver in the Men's 100m Butterfly (S13)
  • Won bronze in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley (S13)

Cairns, Australia 2018

  • Won silver in the Men’s 400m Freestyle (S13)
  • Won silver in the Men’s 100m Backstroke (S13)
  • Won silver in the Men’s 100m Butterfly (S13)
  • Won bronze in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley
  • Won bronze in the Men’s 50m Freestyle (S13)
Templeton trains with the USC Spartans in Queensland.
Templeton will be striving to make the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic team.

In The Pool

Pan Pacific Para Championships


Get to know Jacob

  • What's your favourite swimming memory?
  • For me qualifying for, and swimming at, the 2016 Rio Games was my career highlight. Walking through the village, out onto pool deck, and into marshalling for the first time was such an incredible experience. However, I feel that the experiences were made so much better for doing it all with my best friends.

  • What’s on your pre-race playlist?
  • Khalid – 'Don’t pretend'

    Years & Years – 'Shine'

    Olly Murs - 'Moves'

  • What's your ambition post swimming?
  • Throughout my career I have tried to engage in as much public speaking as possible, as I would love to do this as a job to not only give back to the community, but to also share my experiences and motivate the next generation. I also haven’t ruled out further studies such as physiotherapy or even medicine.

  • Three words that best describe me...
  • Humble



  • What are your hobbies away from swimming?
  • Away from the pool, I like to watch the American basketball (favourite team – LA Lakers), play PlayStation, eat at new cafes/restaurants, drink coffee, and go on adventures. Although I have been living on the Sunshine Coast almost six years, I still have a lot to see and do which are on my bucket list!

  • What's something interesting about you that people don't know?
  • I am one of only two Tasmanians who are currently (or have very recently been) on the Australian Swim Team. I also never considered becoming a Para athlete until I was 18 years old.

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